Lester and Venesa Strong, RDN, were married for more than 40 years. When Vanessa passed away in 2016 after a long struggle with dementia, Lester knew the best way to honor her memory and love of nutrition and dietetics was to establish a scholarship in her name through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.
Venesa was a 50-year member of the Academy and is remembered for her love of people, her profession, her education and her family. After earning her RD credentials in June of 1965, Venesa’s first job as a nutrition professional was at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, running the food service department. She was encouraged to advance her knowledge and went on to earn her Master’s in Nutritional Science from Cornell University in Ithaca.